September 28th, 2007

Best Masters Thesis

My thesis was awarded a price for the best Masters Thesis at our university. Although the competition was not that large, I am proud nevertheless. I should be pretty much unstoppable now :)

September 28th, 2007

Back from EC-TEL07

Another week, another conference :)

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This time, it was the EC-TEL07 (European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning) in Crete. Elisa Dalla Vecchia and I presented the MACE project (slides, video 1, video 2) and besides, met a lot of nice people.

The conference itself was really well organized. The keynotes (Hermann Maurer and Bruce Sterling) were excellent and big picture, covering a wide range of digital lifestyle topics and wild ideas. Digital quacks & charlatans, why Google is not so non-evil after all, telepathy is trivial, flying cars. No kidding. Many of the session talks, on the other hand, were not that exciting at all. I have the feeling many people in this area first build a “framework for…” before actually trying out some ideas on real learners.

More info on the conference blog, wiki and the flickr stream.

Greetings to Martin Memmel from DFKI, who I met to talk about the ALOE project and Christian Glahn, who presented nice work on Smart Indicators for learner feedback, and Joris Klerkx, who is quite into information visualization. I am looking forward to future developments, guys!

And just for the record, here are my favorite insider nerd joke conference memes:

September 20th, 2007

FIND07 workshop

Much too late, but better than never: I attended the lovely FIND07 workshop in Regensburg, presenting my work on the Elastic Lists. In the beginning, I felt a bit weird at the conference, being the only designer in sight, but the workshop itself was pretty inspiring and maybe also fruitful for the future.

So special thanks and greetings to

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You can find my slides here. The change blindness video was copied from here.